HMS Lowestoft (F103)

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HMS Lowestoft (F103).jpg
HMS Lowestoft in 1979
History
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Name: HMS Lowestoft
Builder: Alex Stephens & Sons
Laid down: 9 June 1958
Launched: 23 June 1960
Commissioned: 26 September 1961
Decommissioned: 1985
Identification: Pennant number: F103
Fate: Sunk as target 8 June 1986
General characteristics
Class and type: Rothesay-class frigate
Displacement: 2,800 tons
Length: 370 ft
Beam: 41 ft
Draught: 17 ft 4 in
Propulsion:

2 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers operating at 550lb sq. in, 850°F

English Electric geared turbines, 2 shafts, 30000 shafts horsepower
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h)
Complement: 235
Armament:

2 × 4.5" Dual Purpose on a Mk VI Mounting 1 x 40mm on STAGG mounting

1 x Limbo Mortar Mk 10 Mountings
Aircraft carried: 1 × Wasp helicopter

HMS Lowestoft was a Rothesay or Type 12 class anti-submarine frigate of the British Royal Navy. Lowestoft was reconstructed in the late 1960s to largely the same pattern as the third group of Leander frigates, with new radar and fire control and a hangar and pad for a Wasp helicopter for longer range, anti submarine, engagement. In the late 1970s it was converted as the prototype towed array frigate for the Royal Navy, but retained its full armament. Lowestoft was sunk as a target on 8 June 1986 by HMS Conqueror using a Tigerfish torpedo. She was the last Royal Naval target to be sunk still displaying her pennant number.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Commanding Officer
1961 1963 Commander Raymond Lygo RN
1963 1964 Commander M W G Fawcett RN
1964 1966 Captain J D Treacher RN
1966 1967 Commander E M G Johnstone RN
1967 1970 In refit
1970 1971 Commander D H Morse RN
1971 1973 Commander M C Powys-Maurice RN
1973 1974 Commander P G V Dingemans RN
1974 1975 Commander T Goetz RN
1975 1977 Commander R M Carpendale RN
1977 1979 Commander T J Smy RN
1979 1981 Commander Jimmy Chestnutt RN
1981 1983 Commander Charles H Buckle RN
1983 1985 Commander W Kim Howat RN

Publications[edit]

External links[edit]

HMS Lowestoft Association